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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending March 9, 2018


How does resolving cannabis problems differ from problems with alcohol or other drugs?

Those resolving cannabis problems do so at younger ages, with less assistance than those resolving other substance-use problems.
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Is alcohol at work a perk? Not for some young job seekers

Drinks during recruiting dinners, team bonding over happy hour, beer kegs at trendy startups.
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People are dying because we misunderstand how those with addiction think

The American opioid epidemic claimed 63,600 lives in 2016 alone. While the public policy challenge is daunting, the problem isn’t that we lack any effective treatment options.
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While Talk About Opioids Continues In D.C., Addiction Treatment Is In Peril In States

Opioids were on the White House agenda Thursday — President Trump convened a summit with members of his administration about the crisis. And Congress authorized funds for the opioid crisis in its recent budget deal — but those dollars aren’t flowing yet, and states say they are struggling to meet the need for treatment.
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New national guideline sets out best practices for treating opioid addiction

A new Canadian guideline for managing opioid use disorders lays out the optimal strategies for the treatment of opioid addiction, including recommending opioid agonist treatment with buprenorphine-naloxone as the preferred first-line treatment.
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Opioid overdose among children nearly doubles, study says

The number of children admitted to hospitals for opioid overdose has nearly doubled since 2004, according to a new study.
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Doctors raise alarm over rising private alcohol and drug abuse among baby-boomers

Drink and drug abuse is rising among “baby boomers“ behind closed doors, a new report warns. The research highlights the growing problem of alcohol and illicit substance misuse among older people.
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Legal pot on the one hand, opioid crisis on the other. What’s a DARE officer to do?

The class had covered bullying, Internet safety and good decision-making, and by February, Officer Thaxter could see that the sixth-graders were ready. The morning bell rang. The 11- and 12-year-olds scooted their chairs closer to their desks, looking up at a dry-erase board where their teacher had written the agenda for the day: “D.A.R.E.”
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Largest study of its kind finds alcohol use biggest risk factor for dementia

Alcohol use disorders are the most important preventable risk factors for the onset of all types of dementia, especially early-onset dementia. This according to a nationwide observational study of over one million adults diagnosed with dementia in France.
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Legal cannabis could crash the alcohol giants’ party, analyst says

2017 research found monthly alcohol sales fell 13 per cent in states with medical marijuana.
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Prescription opioids fail rigorous new test for chronic pain

A yearlong study offers rigorous new evidence against using prescription opioids for chronic pain. In patients with stubborn back aches or hip or knee arthritis, opioids worked no better than over-the-counter drugs or other nonopioids at reducing problems with walking or sleeping.
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